Latest El Portal Fire Update
11:40 p.m.: Mop-up operations have begun on the El Portal Fire, and some of the air resources assigned to other fires Friday. The final evacuation orders have been lifted, as residents of the Foresta community have returned to their homes.
The fire, which began July 26, has burned 4,518 acres, with 3,542 acres on U.S. Forest Service lands and 985 acres inside Yosemite National Park.
1:50 p.m. Friday: The El Portal Fire has scorched 4,198 acres, with containment holding at 58 percent as of Friday morning. There are 1,360 personnel assigned to the incident.
Residents of Foresta are expected to be allowed back to their homes at 3 p.m. today, with the area open to the general public Saturday afternoon.
11:30 p.m. Thursday: Favorable weather conditions led to progress on the El Portal Fire Thursday, as the blaze is now 58 percent contained, according to fire officials. The remaining evacuation order for the community of Foresta is expected to expire at 3 p.m. Friday, at which time residents will be allowed to return to their homes.
The fire, which started on July 26, has scorched 4,198 acres near Yosemite National Park, and there are 1,194 personnel assigned to the incident. Total cost of fighting the fire has risen to $5.7 million.
The air attack on the fire Thursday pretreated fuels in an effort prevent spot fires in the northeastern portion of the fire. Mop up operations began Thursday and continued into the night.
The Merced Sequoia Grove, home to some of the world's largest and oldest trees, is threatened by the fire, although the blaze is still many miles from the area.
Information Phones: El Portal Fire Call Center is open from 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. every day: (209) 372-0327, (209) 372-0328, and (209) 372-0329.
Smoke issues on the El Portal Fire:
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